She saw her mother and grandmother died of lung cancer and her father died of lung disease – but Gail Allsop has not yet quit smoking.
This is because the 39-year-old has already convinced herself that she was going to get lung cancer anyway.
But while watching a TV drama, Gail suddenly, what she called her “light bulb” moment.
She said: “I watched this show where this girl drowned after falling into the pool.”
“I thought I should make sure that my own little girl, Megan, who was three at the time, learned to swim, as I was afraid to lose it that way.
“But then I thought,” Why I am not afraid of losing me and not be around her as she grows?
“That was when I decided there and then quit again, this time forever.”
Twelve months later, on May 9, Gail, who once smoked 10 a day, said that there were no cigarettes in the year.
She said: “I’ve never been tempted to have another cigarette.
“In my head, I lost all desire to smoke, and I am now an avid ex-smoker.
“I do not really have cravings when I gave it up. I was on the patch for two weeks, but I think it was just the thought of leaving Megan on her who did it for me.”
My mother-in-two, Hebden Close Littleover, is now among the thousands of campaign calling for the government to deprive cigarette packs their brand.
Charity Cancer Research UK says that all tobacco products should be sold in packages of the same size, shape and design – otherwise known simply as packets.
Ministers are considering plans that would affect all cigarettes sold in England. The goal is to make smoking seem less attractive, especially for children.
Gale, who was trying her first cigarette when she was 12 years old, said she appreciated the attractiveness of the package first hand, because it will select certain cigarettes as compared to others because of the color package.
She said peer pressure and played a big role in that her first cigarette. At age 16 she became a regular smoker.
Both parents smoked Gail with her grandmother Edna Pottinger, who died of lung cancer in 1995. In addition, it has grown into “a smoky atmosphere,” because her parents ran pubs.
Although her mother, Jean Swain, quit smoking in her late 20s, Gail was devastated when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2006 at age 60.
Her mom and dad sold his house and went to live with Gail, who in turn gave up her job in a travel agency to help nurse Jean. But, six months after she was diagnosed, Jean died.
Four weeks later, Gail and her husband Rex, 44, were surprised to find that she was pregnant with Megan. That was 15 years, since she gave birth to first daughter Ashley, 20. Megan is now in the age of four.
Gail said: “We thought about another child, but I was convinced that Megan was sent to my mother.”
Then, 18 months after the loss of Jean, Gail dad David – who was a heavy smoker with a 12 – died at the age of 69 from heart failure and complications from emphysema. Gail said: “Because of my family history, I felt that I probably will get lung cancer anyway.
“But I lost my mom, dad and grandmother due to smoking, and I never want anyone to go through what I went through. Ashley already hates smoking after watching her grandmother dies.
More than 47,000 people have signed a petition calling for Cancer Research UK to sell cigarettes in plain packaging.
The charity has called his campaign answer is simple, and try to get as many people as possible to sign up to July 10, when the government consulted on the matter ends.
Gale, who is currently in its support of the appeal’s daughter, said: “I saw my children managed branding in what they want to buy and wear.
“And I experienced this first hand with a cigarette pack. When I started smoking at age 16, I bought the Benson and Hedges, because I really liked the gold package they came
“I thought they looked very chic and expensive, and they made me feel like an adult
Gail said the branding on the packaging can also make cigarettes look “glamorous” for the children.
She said: “I firmly believe that removing branding from cigarette packs to help give young people one less reason to start smoking.
“There is nothing attractive or glamorous about a boring kind of plain packaging I want to see introduced.
“Packaging is one of the latest ways tobacco companies can still sell their products, so I think they are desperately trying hard to block packets with embedded simple.
“It is now for the public to show their support for this vitally important measure.”
Nicki Embleton, Cancer Research UK, in Derbyshire, said those who are interested in signing the petition must do so now, as it closes in less than a week.
She said: “Eight out of 10 smokers start smoking at age 19, so we must do more to make cigarettes less attractive to children attracted to girls brands, which have long, thin cigarettes with complicated names and glamorous packaging, and the boys want. Respond to design a reliable image of the macho.
“The tobacco industry must recruit 100,000 new smokers each year to replace those who die from smoking, so we ask people in Derby to help us get back on the big tobacco companies and the protection of children from a product that kills half its regular users of long “.